Concerns over proposal to drug-test welfare recipients

Uniting Communities is concerned about the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017, which is about to be put forward to the Senate.     1.   Uniting Communities Thank you for the opportunity to make a submission on the important issue of the proposed changes to Australia’s welfare payment… 

APY Lands Rights Act amended without negotiation!

Today, the SA Parliament passed the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill, which allows the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation to dismiss the community-elected APY Executive Board for any reason he deems fit. Existing provisions under the original APY Land Rights Act provided for procedural arrangements and conditions under which the APY… 

Uniting Communities challenges CDP

A Senate Inquiry is being held into the Federal Government’s Community Development Program (CDP), which is the work-for-the-dole scheme that operates in remote communities across Australia. People in remote communities who receive income support benefits and are able to work, are required to work 25 hours per week in order to receive their benefits. A… 

Minister Malinauskas to visit Aboriginal Community Connect Service

The Minister for Corrections, Peter Malinauskas, will be visiting the Uniting Communities Aboriginal Community Connect service at 196 Prospect Rd Prospect on 22 May at 9am.  The visit will focus on Aboriginal Community Connect current experience and gaps in services within Aboriginal communities. “We will be highlighting the importance of consistency in service support for… 

Lifeline celebrates milestone during Volunteer Week

10,000 Crisis Supporters volunteer over past five years With more than 10,000 Telephone Crisis Supporters giving their time over the past five years, Lifeline is celebrating this National Volunteer Week by acknowledging the exceptional work of its volunteers – past and present – based in communities across Australia. National Volunteer Week (8-14 May) is an… 

Submission regarding better management of the social welfare system

On 8 February 2017, the Senate referred the issue of the ‘auto-debt recovery’ of Centrelink payments to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and a report. The focus of the Inquiry is on the impact of Government automated debt collection processes on the aged, families with young children, students, people with disability, jobseekers and others… 

Federal Government jumps the gun in extending cashless debit card

In the absence of a final evaluation report on the trial of the Cashless Debit Card in Ceduna in South Australia and Kununnurra in Western Australia, the Federal Government has declared the trial a ‘success’ and has agreed to extend the implementation of the Cashless Card in Ceduna, South Australia and East Kimberley, Western Australia,… 

National domestic violence workshops support women at risk this International Women's Day

Lifeline Adelaide will mark International Women’s Day (Wednesday 8 March) by taking part in the coordinated national delivery of domestic and family violence response training (DV-alert) to health, allied health and other frontline community workers across Australia. Alarmingly, one in three women who are subjected to domestic and family violence is likely to attempt suicide.… 

Work set to start on $80 million ‘UCity’ CBD project with appointment of national construction leader Built.

Leading South Australian charity, Uniting Communities, is about to see its $80 million CBD development project get underway with the official appointment of national construction leader Built and work set to start later this month. The redevelopment of the community services provider’s Franklin Street headquarters is set to create 180 jobs during construction and more… 

Submission in response to the draft South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016

Uniting Communities welcomes the opportunity to provide comment to the Department of State Development, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, on the draft South Australia Aboriginal Heritage Regulations 2016, as released in October 2016. This submission complements earlier commentary provided by the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker on the amendments to the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1988, which can be found on…